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February 1, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
The state Senate education committee has voted to postpone the high school exit exam by a year, saying California's test is not yet reliable enough to withstand legal challenges. With the postponement, the class of 2005 would be the first that would have to pass the exam to receive diplomas. The postponement was proposed by Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara), the new head of the Senate education committee, as an amendment to emergency legislation that Gov.
September 9, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The nation's top education official threatened Monday to withhold federal funds if California lawmakers approved pending legislation to revamp the state's standardized testing system. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued the warning as AB 484 awaits a full vote of the Assembly and state Senate. The proposed law would end the standardized exams used since 1999 and replace them next spring with a computerized system. The purpose is to advance new learning goals, called the Common Core standards, that have been adopted by 45 states.
California Education Secretary Gary K. Hart, who played a pivotal role in shaping Gov. Gray Davis' education agenda, has resigned after little more than one year on the job, the administration announced Friday. Hart's departure, scheduled for next month, could strike a blow at Davis' ability to win legislative approval for proposals the governor hopes will serve as the hallmark of his administration.
July 12, 2013 | By Nicholas B. Dirks
Under the leadership of Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and University of California President Clark Kerr, the 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education in California created a unique three-way collaboration between the university, the public and the state, a partnership that propelled the state to the forefront of scientific discovery, the arts, innovation and economic growth. At the core of that partnership was the idea of access. As Kerr noted, it was the first time in history "that a state or a nation would promise there would be a place ready for every high school graduate or person otherwise qualified.
Outside California, Gov. Gray Davis is grabbing attention as an avatar of change in an area--education--that is the issue of top concern to voters. One-upping political leaders who talk about the need to improve schools, Davis has proposed that California exempt public school teachers from state income taxes. It was, he said, a bold idea. It would encourage young people to enter teaching, keep veteran teachers in the classroom and lure teachers from other states to California.
This is not your forsaken pocket of inner-city decay. Brightwood Elementary School is the top performing school in a suburban, middle-class district with highly involved parents. It is both a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School that has scored far above average on the state's new Academic Performance Index.
February 7, 1999 | KENNETH R. WEISS, Kenneth R. Weiss is an education writer for The Times
For the last four decades, the state of California has touted higher education as the great equalizer: For the poor, a door to the world of ideas and a better life; for late-bloomers, a sense of purpose and direction; for smart kids, a push toward the boundaries of discovery. We promised that dream to anyone who wanted to pursue it, no matter their race or ethnic background. But with a new century approaching, California is on the verge of breaking that promise.
July 6, 1989
For those teachers out there looking for a real world example to explain the term "hypocrisy" to their students, Los Angeles School Board members have provided them a perfect one. First, they claim they can't meet the salary demands of the teachers without making substantial cuts. Soon after, however, they're voting the identical raise to all administrators for the next two years ("School Managers to Get Raise Despite Teacher Opposition," Metro, June 20). Even worse, the same administrators (including Supt.
June 6, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
For Steven Ancheta, the time is long past for more arguments about online education's merits and convenience. The West Covina resident, who is enrolled in a fully online program for a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, praised the experience and the chance for working people to take evening or weekend classes. His positive view about online education was strongly supported in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll . Among the registered voters who participated in the survey, 59% said they agreed with the idea that increasing the number of online classes at California's public universities will make education more affordable and accessible.
March 15, 2012
Internet envy Re " A digital desert ," Column One, March 12 Step 1: Start an online company. Step 2: Move to a place with no high-speed Internet. Step 3: Complain. This is totally ridiculous. I wouldn't own a manufacturing company and then move to Malibu and complain that I couldn't run it there, or start a day-care center, then complain that there was a bar next door. Want fast Internet access? Move. The article says that faster satellite access does exist, but it is limited and finicky.
August 26, 2011
You're a savvy shopper and a solid citizen, so you already know this: When you buy something online, over the phone or from a mail-order catalog from out-of-state sellers, they won't add up your sales taxes or include them on the bill. You have to add them up and send in the money yourself. Even if you're out of the state and you buy something worth more than $400 — say, an Elvis outfit from a shop in Las Vegas — you're going to be wearing it here, so you still have to figure out the sales tax. And you know that these sales taxes on out-of-state goods are known as "use taxes.
January 10, 2011
Sense of the court Re "Scalia's right to speak," Editorial, Jan. 6. Yes, naively I used to think that Supreme Court justices were above the fray, very intelligent, unbiased, apolitical and even untouchable, if you will. But after decisions such as stopping the 2000 presidential election vote count and the opening wide of corporate political contributions by the Citizens United case, I harbor no misconceptions as to the aloofness of Supreme Court justices. They're right down there with the rest of us. So don't be surprised if one of them accepts an invitation from a far-right Republican political activist.
January 3, 2010 | By William Tierney
California's Master Plan for Higher Education is history. State officials and politicians don't want to admit it, but it's true. Blame it on a severe recession, a dysfunctional state government or tax-phobic voters, the result is the same. Contrary to the plan's vaunted goal, every high school graduate does not have the option of receiving an affordable, high-quality education. This year's budget cuts were the deepest in the higher education system's history, and projections of continuing deficits promise even more.
August 21, 2009 | Jason Song and Jason Felch
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on legislators Thursday to adopt sweeping education reforms that would dramatically reshape California's public education system and qualify the state for competitive federal school funding. The governor's proposed legislation, to be considered during a special session that ends by Oct. 5, was met almost immediately by criticism from the powerful state teacher unions, which called Schwarzenegger's plans rushed and unnecessary. While Schwarzenegger's goal is to boost California's chances to qualify for $4.35 billion in federal grants, known as "Race to the Top," many of his proposals go far beyond those needed for eligibility, and embrace the Obama administration's key education reform proposals.
October 10, 2007
We had our doubts about state Sen. Gil Cedillo's California Dream Act, a bill that would extend state financial aid to undocumented students attending state universities and colleges. As originally drafted, it would have allowed them to compete for aid with -- and perhaps displace -- students whose immigration status was legal.
January 9, 2006
While all can applaud Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision not to force large tuition increases on UC and Cal State students again this year (Dec. 29), the fact remains that his "compact" with the two university systems remains in place. This agreement allows fee increases every year at least as fast as income growth. In exchange, higher education gets 3% to 4% increases in the governor's budget. The net effect is a shift toward privatizing higher education. The compact represents a fundamental break with California's Master Plan for Higher Education, which promised a high-quality, low-cost education to everyone willing to do the work.
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